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of america hears the great things about south carolina. [applause] >> thank you, tim. to our conservative rock star for the state of south carolina and our conservative rock star for the country and the heritage foundation, center jim -- senator jim demint. >> governor, when you say there will never be anyone like me, most of washington says, thank goodness. [laughter] i am excited about what is going on today. one of the few things i am worried about what i was considering leaving the senate was who would replace me. i knew that governor haley would put someone in this seat that we would be proud of and continue to stand for those principles of freedom and opportunity. governor, thank you for your faithfulness to our cause and your good judgment. tim, i could not be happier today. i can walk away from the senate and knowing that someone is better than i am that will carry the voice of conservatism to the whole country in a way that i could not do. i will keep working with that cause, but you inspired me since i heard you speak in public. our country needs those positive and optimistic v
. we have a great group who truly understands we are here to represent the great state of south carolina and the citizens of america, and i thank them all for their friendship. finally, i'd like to thank all of my colleagues here in the house. we may not always agree on things, but we are here for a reason, to try and make this nation better. as i prepare to move to the united states senate, it is that belief that makes me incredibly optimistic about our future. the battles of today will in the future be seen as a positive turning point for our nation where we got our fiscal house back in order and revitalized the american dream for our children and our grandchildren. i look forward to continuing to serve the res. dents -- residents of south carolina, some of the most passionate people in our nation, and i will never forget my time here in the people's house where we worked every single day to build a brighter future for our nation. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 10:00 a.m. you and also on our w
across america, young lives are lost because of senseless gun violence horse or rate is absolutely staggering. a child that grew up on the south side of chicago, far too many of my friends and mentors were gunned down. its cars you. i attended far too many funerals. parents that lost their 10-year- old, a 11-year-old. a desk that is going to be empty forever, trying to explain as a friend. nothing in my job is more difficult and has made me more aware of how adults -- not just our children, but entire communities. i am a parent of two young school-age children. we need to be having honest conversations with our kids. the worst thing to do would be to try to sweep this tragedy under the rug. we have tried to be very honest with our son and daughter. millions of kids around the country, we need to do everything we can to keep them and their friends saved because they deserve better. we are at the mall or before going to bed. we also help teachers and principals deal with their fears. we should never expect them to put their lives on the line. we owe it to these brave and heroic educa
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